Last week I took a position by position look at the Oakland Raiders defense to answer the question of just how good the unit could be. Now it is the offense’s turn. Unfortunately, the prospects for success on the offensive side of the ball are not quite as positive as on defense. The potential for success is there, but there are so many question marks that it is hard to be overly enthusiastic about this unit.
My early prediction for starters on offense are as follows: Matt Schaub, Maurice Jones-Drew/Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, Donald Penn, Austin Howard, Stefan Wisniewski, Gabe Jackson, Menelik Watson, James Jones, Rod Streater, David Ausberry/Mychal Rivera.
Much like on defense, the offense will be filled with new faces as general manager Reggie McKenzie has overhauled much of the unit. The only returning starters from 2013 are Rod Streater, Stefan Wisniewski, Marcel Reece and Darren McFadden who I have as a co-starter with MJD.
But unlike the defense, the offense inspires a whole lot less confidence. It is one of those situations where if everything goes right it could be great. The problem is, there is a lot that needs to go right and it’s been a long time since the Raiders have had that kind of luck.